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Solid block and mortar construction is not the only dependable aspect of this Spinnaker Bay, Beachlands, showhome from Jalcon Homes

Strong looks, warm heart


Spacious, open-plan interiors are integral to creating a marketable family residence. However, before a potential buyer even steps inside, the home has to present a welcoming exterior from the street.

Jalcon Homes' new showhome at Spinnaker Bay features a striking, multi-planed exterior, innovative interior design, and consummate build standards, says marketing manager Ingrid van Leeuwen.

"Architectural designer Cameron Baker has created a two-level beach house that makes the most of the relaxed, seaside environment and wonderful views of Waiheke Island," says van Leeuwen. "The showhome's strong exterior and natural hues are a direct response by Baker to the coastal location," she says. "This is matched by interiors designed specifically for family living – with open, inviting living spaces that combine flair with functionality, and bedrooms located upstairs and downstairs."

This home is one of Jalcon Homes' diverse range of design options. The company's reputation is built on reliability, innovation and customer service

The showhome, on the corner of Constellation Drive and Columbia Crescent, Beachlands, is open to view every Saturday and Sunday, 12pm to 4pm.


For further details, contact Jalcon Homes, phone 0800 52 52 66. .

Growing a reputation as a home-build company goes beyond good design, solid build techniques, and close client interaction. A reputation is also reliant on the standards of materials used and, from the home builder's perspective, their ready availability.

Placemakers has been the preferred supplier for Jalcon Homes for the past 10 years, says trade manager for Placemakers Takanini Richard Gregory.

"We have supplied Jalcon with everything from frames, trusses, and cladding through to fixtures," he says. "Essentially, we are on the same team."

For details, contact Placemakers Takanini, phone (09) 269 0100. .

Generously sized windows and sliding doors are central to the indoor-outdoor lifestyle expected at such a scenic location. The aluminium frames are low maintenance and resilient to all weathers.

Summit Aluminium supplied the customised windows, sliding doors, and a corner multi-stacking sliding door for the home. The extrusions are from the Vantage Residential Suite, and are powdercoated and assembled to meet Jalcon Homes' specific design and colour requirements.

For further details, contact Summit Aluminium, 252A Roscommon Rd, Wiri, phone (09) 268 1661. Email:

Telecommunications, security systems and other modern technologies were built in at the construction stage of this contemporary residence. All high-tech electrical elements, together with general wiring for the home, were completed by Laser Electrical.

Laser Electrical undertakes all the electrical aspects of Jalcon Homes' projects from the planning stages, says general manager Scott Carr.

"This starts with close consultation with Jalcon Homes customers on all aspects of the design, and carries through to installation of everything from under-floor heating to an in-built audio system that pipes music through the interior and to the outdoor living area," says Carr. "The house features every modern technology feature – we also installed an internal vacuum system, and data and communication cabling running behind the walls for all living spaces and bedrooms."

In addition to all other high-tech inclusions, Laser Electrical also designed and installed the lighting for the home, right down to feature lights and under-cabinetry task lighting in the kitchen.

For further information, contact Laser Electrical, 489 Rosebank Rd, Avondale, Auckland, phone (09) 820 0360. .

The showhome's light, spacious bathrooms are enhanced by the level of design integrity found in the high-end utilities. Jalcon Homes wanted these rooms to feel like pampering personal spaces, and utilities were specified from Franklin Plumbing's local and international ranges.

Franklin Plumbing's director Stephen Smith says the Spinnaker Bay showhome is an effective showcase for Franklin's products.

"Jalcon specifies products with high functionality and reliable performance – utilities that offer the home buyer a wow factor," says Smith. "The German-made, cast-acrylic Hoesch bath by noted architect Norman Foster is a good example."

The bath is designed to be reminiscent of a classic galvanised tub – but with a modern slant. The distinctive high neck area adds to the bather's comfort and the tub's sculptural appeal.

"A German Hansadesigno shower system also features in this bathroom," he says. "This has a shower bar that is combined with conventional shower heads for a fuller shower experience."

For further details, contact Franklin Plumbing phone (09) 303 1839, or visit the Newmarket showroom, 99 Khyber Pass Rd, Auckland. Email: .

Sleek porcelain tiles provide a hard-wearing, space-enhancing floor covering through much of the Spinnaker Bay home. Feature walls in red and white tiles also grace the ensuite and downstairs bathroom.

Design Italia provided the product, and designed all the tiled surfaces in the showhome, says the company's manager Richard Goedhart.

"Our company plays an integral role in all Jalcon Homes projects," says Goedhart. "This means working closely with Julie Cooper and Denise Gale of Duo Design, Jalcon Homes' interior design team."

For this project Design Italia supplied floor tiles from the Volcano series. The porcelain tiles flowing through the living spaces are in Perla – a warm, earthy tone.

"Design Italia strives to create individual bathroom concepts using the latest designs from Europe," says Goedhart. "In addition to offering our own design service, we import a large range of ceramic and porcelain wall and floor tiles, designed to suit the needs of any client."

For details, contact Design Italia, 4C Titoki Place, Rosedale Estate, Albany, phone (09) 415 5656. Or visit the .

First published date: 17 October 2007

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